Jagratha, a five-minute play within the Kathakali format, written and choreographed by Margi Vijayakumar, particulars the precautions and measures to be taken in opposition to COVID-19
The stage is ready for a battle royale between COVID-19 and humanity. As demon Coronavirus stomps around the globe, conquering and consuming lives, man watches in despair and worry. Lastly a rakshakan (protector) seems on the scene and advises mankind on easy methods to defeat the fearsome demon within the form of a virus. By following his recommendation and by carrying masks, utilizing sanitisers and staying at residence behind locked doorways, they handle to flee the marauding demon. Lastly, when man steps out, the virus has been erased and mankind is ready free.
Narrated within the Kathakali format, the play ‘Jagratha’, an progressive piece within the conventional artwork type of Kerala, was composed and enacted by artistes of Margi, a cultural organisation and coaching centre of conventional artwork varieties in Thiruvananthapuram.
Though Kathakali has many memorable battle scenes in its repertoire, veteran Kathakali artiste Margi Vijayakumar was greatly surprised when he was requested to provide you with a Kathakali play on COVID-19, a brief one which depicted precautions and measures to cease its unfold. However he did conceptualise, write and choreograph the five-minute play, which depicts the coronavirus as a demon on the rampage.
Vijayakumar, Principal of Margi, remembers the efforts that went into the creation of the play and the recording. “I’m not a author or poet. So when S Srinivasan, secretary of Margi, wished me to conceptualise a social consciousness message within the medium of Kathakali, I used to be a bit hesitant,” says Vijayakumar.
Nonetheless, he wrote a number of verses and despatched it to be polished to linguist and Kathakali connoisseur Prabodhachandran Nayar. As soon as the scholar completed the work, Vijayakumar refined it as soon as extra and obtained all the way down to work on its efficiency.
“This verse needed to be enacted within the visible language of Kathakali and so I needed to make it possible for the phrases may very well be translated into the efficiency idiom of Kathakali. As an illustration, I had to make use of my creativeness to discover a phrase for ‘lockdown’ as there isn’t a mudra (hand gesture) to depict that. As a substitute of utilizing that exact phrase, I got here up with traces that advised folks locking up themselves of their homes and staying behind closed doorways and home windows,” explains Vijayakumar.
Three characters narrate the theme. Vijayakumar visualised the virus within the character of Kali, one of many characters within the story of Nalacharitham, a play in Kathakali excerpted from the Mahabharatha. Wearing black, Kali is an evil spirit that toxins Nala’s thoughts and creates all types of issues in his life.
“I imagined the virus as Kali whereas one of many characters represents mankind. The opposite character comes because the Rakshakan. On this current state of affairs, the protector may symbolise well being employees, authorities equipment, administration and so forth,” says Vijayakumar.
Composed in ragas Punnagavarali and Vaghdeshswari, the songs have been rendered by Kalanilayam Vishnu whereas the melam has been led by Margi Krishnadas and Margi Ratnakaran.
Margi Suresh, Margi Vijayan and Margi Balasubrahmanyan play the three characters.
“We had a number of rehearsals and costume rehearsals at Margi’s efficiency area earlier than recording it. I used to be happy when many appreciated the piece, particularly as a result of it showcased how even a conventional artwork kind that has a strict syntax could be imaginatively tailored to relate a up to date theme,” says Vijayakumar.
The recording was achieved at Invis Studio in Thiruvananthpauram.
Srinivasan, who set the ball rolling for such an initiative additionally says that he’s joyful that Margi was capable of provide you with such a theme inside a short while.